Ganpati Bappa

ganesh on varanasi walls

One day Goddess Parvati was at home preparing for a bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed, she told Nandi, her husband Shiva’s Bull, to guard the door and let no one pass. When Shiva came home and wanted to come inside, Nandi was guarding the door, but he let him enter, because he was loyal first to Shiva. Parvati got really angry because of that and even more when she realized that she had no one as loyal to herself as Nandi was to Shiva. So she decided to create a son that would be loyal to herself. She took the turmeric paste from her body and breathing life into it, she created Ganesh.

The next time Parvati took a bath, she posted Ganesh on guard duty at the door. When Shiva came home, he find this strange boy telling him he couldn’t enter his own house. Shiva got furiuos and ordered his army to destroy the boy, but they couldn’t cause he was Parvati’s son and had this power.

This surprised Shiva. He decided he had to fight him and during the fight he severed Ganesh’s head, killing him instantly. When Parvati got to know what happened, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided to destroy the entire Creation. Lord Brahma intervened. He was the Creator and he didn’t want that could happen. He pleaded her to reconsider her drastic plan. She said she would, but only under two conditions: one, that Ganesh be brought back to life, and two, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods.

Shiva agreed to Parvati’s conditions. He sent Brahma out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses with its head facing North. Brahma soon returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, which Shiva placed onto Ganesha’s body. Breathing new life into him, he declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganpati.

Ganpati Bappa Moriya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar yaa.
Oh Ganpati My Lord, return soon next year. 

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